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Delaware's Dogfish Head Names 1st CEO(October 16) -Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has named a chief executive officer for the first time. Nick Benz was promoted to CEO after spending 11 years at the Milton-based brewery. Brewery founder Sam Calagione remains president and chairman of the board. Complete Story

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Burnt Hickory Brewery hosts open house amid expansion(October 16) - Kennesaw, Georgia's hometown brewery is getting a whole lot bigger. Well, relatively speaking. Burnt Hickory Brewery, which has been attracting metro Atlanta beer geeks with high-flavor, high-gravity (that means high-alcohol) brews for the past two years is increasing its capacity by tenfold. In other words, the nano is becoming a micro. “This is still a very small brew house,” says owner Scott Hedeen. “This is a 20-barrel brew house, which is pretty much entry-level for a microbrewery.” Complete Story

Oregon beer wins more gold: Deschutes and Full Sail win at 2014 U.S. Beer Open(October 15) Breweries from Australia to Iceland sent more than 3,000 beers and ciders representing 81 different categories for the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home brewers. Judges from England, Canada, Finland and the U.S. announced the winners, which included two gold medals each for Oregon's Deschutes Brewery and Full Sail, and a gold medal for 2 Towns Cider. Complete Story

Green Flash Brewing breaks ground in Virginia Beach(October 14) - A California-based brewery broke ground on a new location in Hampton Roads Monday. Green Flash Brewing Co. held the groundbreaking ceremony in Virginia Beach. The second brewery for Green Flash Brewing Co. will be located on a nine-acre industrial plot of land, on the corner of Corporate Landing and General Booth Boulevard. Complete Story

Black Hollow: New Iowa brewery uses old method(October 14) - Two beer entrepreneurs are planning to open a "farmhouse brewery." The short version of what Darren Vanden Berge, 34, and Kevin Hall, 36, want to do with their Black Hollow Brewing Company is called wild fermentation. All the wild yeasts floating around in the air is what they want in their beers. Modern brewing usually is all about keeping that stuff out of the beer. Complete Story
Legal marijuana could provide a buzz to beer, analyst finds(October 12) - The legalization of medical marijuana has helped beer sales, contrary to previous research that pointed to a decline, according to a note from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling. Recreational pot use in Colorado and Washington, the two states where it’s legal, has so far not had a “significant impact” on beer, he said. Complete Story
The Expanding Demographics of Craft Beer(October 12) - The Brewers Association knows what you picture when you hear “craft beer drinker.” White male, 20’s or 30’s. Ubiquitous beard. Upper middle class, professional employment, disposable income to burn on a rare barrel-aged sour. They know, because for many years, that’s what the Brewers Association pictured as well. But according to newly released statistics from the craft beer industry’s advocacy group, those demographics continue to change and diversify. Complete Story
City makes pricey promises to land Stone Brewing(October 11) - Richmond’s beer production will likely skyrocket in 2016, but it will take more than $30 million in city money over the next few years to get Stone Brewing Co.’s product flowing in the East End. The mayor’s office said yesterday it will issue $23 million in bonds to fund the development of a 200,000-square-foot facility for the California-based brewery. And it will put up another $8 million in bonds for a restaurant and beer garden as part of Stone’s first East Coast operations. Complete Story
These Are the 21 Best Pumpkin Beers, in Order by the Huffington Post(October 11) - There are so many pumpkin beers on the shelves these days that it's difficult to figure out what's a trick and what's a treat. To help you on your next trip to the liquor store, my boss forced me to find the best pumpkin beers, try them all, and tell you which ones are the best of the best. Complete Story
Stone Brewing plans Columbus-only beer as ‘thank-you’(October 11) - Stone Brewing Co. just invented the best thing since Jeni’s ice cream: the breakup beer. That’s what the Escondido, Calif., craft brewer will be serving up in central Ohio after it chose Richmond, Va. — instead of Columbus or Norfolk, Va. — to be the site of a $31 million brewery that Stone will build to serve the eastern United States. Complete Story
Arizona's Four Peaks named America's favorite craft brewery by the Travel Channel(October 10) - There's a new champion in the craft beer world:  Four Peaks has been named America's favorite craft brewery. The brewery earned the nod in a three-week nationwide vote held by the Travel Channel. Complete Story
Bell's Brewery announces career fair(October 10) - Many breweries across the country are expanding, and that includes two breweries in Michigan - Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, and Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., in partnership with Michigan-based EmploymentGroup, will host its first Career Fair at its Comstock Brewery, 8938 Krum Ave. in Galesburg, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Complete Story
Rebel Kettle Brewing Company to open brewery and taproom in Little Rock(October 10) - Little Rock's ever expanding brewery scene got one stronger today with the announcement local beer lovers have been waiting to hear for over a year: Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is now a reality and has a place to call home. The new space is at 822 E. 6th St. in Little Rock, an area quickly becoming a beer district for the city. It's located an easy walking distance from Stone's Throw Brewing Company and the homes of Blue Canoe Brewing and Lost 40 Brewing. Complete Story

FMU professors open local craft brewery(October 10) - The first commercial craft brewery in Florence, South Carolina is officially open for business. Located beside Redbone Alley on West Palmetto Street, Seminar Brewing is owned and operated by two professors at Francis Marion University (FMU), Dr. Bryan Fisher and Travis Knowles, along with their business partners John Mattheis and Dave Peters. Complete Story

Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home(October 9) - Stone Brewing, one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon that the Escondido, California-based brewery plans to build a facility in Richmond, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to talk to the press ahead of that announcement. Complete Story
Hops farm transforms into R.I.’s first farm brewery(October 9) - Maple, pumpkins and Christmas trees are all products that Matt and Kara Richardson, the husband-and-wife team that co-founded Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, use as ingredients in their new handcrafted beers. Located in Exeter, the Tilted Barn Brewery is part of a class of breweries distinguished by their ties to operational farms and local ingredients. Complete Story
Petition: 'Save the Bavarian Brewery Building'(October 8) - A public outcry over the possible demolition of the historic Bavarian Brewery building is taking place in the form of a petition drive. Doug Newberry, a Kennedy Heights resident who has helped his brother, Jon Newberry, with plans for a Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. brewery in Newport is asking everyone to join in opposition to the demolition of the building in Covington. Complete Story

Flytrap Brewery To Celebrate Grand Opening in Wilmington, NC(October 8) - Mike Barlas developed a love for craft beer and home brewing while studying for his master’s degree in business administration at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. That led him to start work on a business plan that would allow him to be among the early crop of craft breweries opening in Wilmington. Complete Story

Old School Brewing Opens in the Westside of Vegas(October 8) - New breweries are popping up Downtown (Hop Nuts) and in Henderson (Bad Beat, Crafthaus, Vegas Brewing Co.), but the West Valley is about to get in on the action. Following three years of development, Old School Brewing Co. is preparing for an early November opening at what used to be Graziano’s Pizza on 8410 W. Desert Inn Road. Complete Story

Innovation Brew Works Now Open for Service on Cal Poly Pomona Campus(October 7) - Something is brewing at Cal Poly Pomona, and students will soon have another option besides Round Table Pizza to grab a beer on campus. What was once a Peet’s Coffee Shop and Poly Fresh Market at Innovation Village has now turned into something completely different: Innovation Brew Works. Complete Story
Oregon breweries take home 22 medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival(October 7) - More than 700 breweries poured thousands of beers for the 49,000 attendees at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of the largest annual beer festivals in the country. Oregon breweries -- including 10 Barrel Brewing, Arch Rock Brewing, Bend Brewing and Breakside Brewery -- took home 22 medals from the event: seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals. Complete Story
Georgia breweries represent at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival(October 7) - Each year, GABF judges award gold, silver, and bronze medals to beers sorted by various styles. This year, more than 200 judges tasted and evaluated more than 5,500 different brews across 90 categories. Complete Story
Braxton Brewing in Covington, KY breaks Kickstarter fundraising record(October 6) - Braxton Brewing Company, a new brewery located in Covington, is already setting records before the first official keg has even been tapped. Braxton broke Kickstarter's record for amount of money raised by a brewery in a 24-hour period. The Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform, had reached its $30,000 goal just 35 hours after it opened. Complete Story

Oktoberfest 2014 Ends in Munich(October 6) - Germany's iconic Oktoberfest comes to an end Sunday, after two weeks of non-stop beer and partying. This year's Oktoberfest drew in a staggering 6.3-million visitors. Munich's deputy mayor said that cooler temperatures caused attendance to be slightly down. Complete Story
Fat Head's Brewery among 4 Ohio breweries winning medals at GABF(October 5) - Five beers from four Ohio breweries – including Fat Head's Brewery in North Olmsted – have earned medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Fat Head's won a gold in the German-style Wheat Ale category for its AlpenGlow, a Weizenbock at 8.7 percent alcohol. AlpenGlow won a silver at GABF in 2012. Complete Story

234 Breweries Celebrate Medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival(October 5) - The 2014 Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. Complete Story

German beer goes American to regain buzz(October 5) - In Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, beer consumption has been on an unstoppable decline, prompting Europe's biggest producer of the beverage to turn to an unlikely place for help: the United States. Complete Story
Great American Beer Festival 2014: How to survive GABF(October 3) - With more than 700 breweries pouring about 3,500 beers, the Great American Beer Festival can be overwhelming. It’s imperative to have a plan. As the minutes before Thursday’s first session whittle away, we have been tweeting tips about how to make the best out of your festival experience. Complete Story

New Belgium Brewing Named One of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2014(October 3) - New Belgium Brewing has been selected as one of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2014. The magazine ranked the brewery 7th out of 100 selected companies. In 2008, New Belgium debuted on the list in the number one spot for being a business dedicated to helping its employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. This is the sixth time that New Belgium has made the top 20. Complete Story  Deschutes Brewing Also Made the List
Goose Island to open taproom, begin tours at Fulton Street brewery
(October 3) - Back when Goose Island was nearly the only craft brewer in town, getting the public into its Fulton Street brewery was not a priority. The brewery was for making the beer that went on taps and shelves around town, not hosting people and telling stories. That philosophy no longer works in an increasingly competitive craft beer landscape, which is why Goose Island is adding public tours and an 89-seat tasting room to its brewery. Both are expected to launch early next year. Complete Story

Steuben Brewing opens in Hammondsport, New York(October 3) - Steuben Brewing Co. is owned and operated by James and Candice Zimar and their sons Rick and Chad Zimar. SBC is a New York State Farm Brewery, meaning that at least 20 percent of their ingredients are locally produced. The brewery offers flights of beers to taste. Customers can enjoy beer while overlooking Keuka Lake and tour the brewery. Complete Story
Sierra Nevada Fends off the Cold with Brand New "Snowpack"
(October 2) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. filled its third and final seasonal mixed 12-pack of the year with beers that ward off winter’s bite. Aptly named, Snowpack features two brand new beers and two steadfast recipes. The variety pack starts heading to distributors this week and will be available through January 2015. Complete Story
Red Brick Celebrates Its 21 Anniversary with a Rum Barrel Aged Dark Saison
(October 2) - One more than 20. Twenty plus one year. We're officially legal folks, and, dammit, we're celebrating! We figured the best way to honor a coming-of-age/milestone birthday is with this dark Saison beauty.It's a more mature style of beer, with a rich, dark chestnut color, spicy yeast aroma and notes of dark fruit and toasted marshmallow. History of Redbrick
Belgian Brewery Is Building A 2-Mile Underground Beer Pipeline
(October 2) - Belgium’s De Halve Maan Brewery, also sometimes known as the Henri Maes Brewery, is one of the oldest in the country, as its name was found on a document from 1564. The company has had its ups and downs since then, with new owners and new methods of bottling, but one important change it needs is a simple one: how the company gets its beer from the brewery to the bottling plant, a short drive through the city. Complete Story

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New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Proves the Best Way to Have Dessert is Poured(October 2) - New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is out now through December 31, 2014. This collaboration is the result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty brands manager, and the team at Perennial. This latest addition to New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series is a full-bodied beer that’s perfect for the cooler weather ahead. Complete Story
 Historic brewery demo 'would be a terrible loss'
(October 2) - A chunk of Northern Kentucky's brewing history could see its demise, leaving a Covington historian and a beer historian in the region crestfallen. The owners of the old Bavarian Brewery have submitted an application for a zoning permit to demolish the building in the 500 block of West 12th Street. Complete Story
San Jose’s Strike Brewing set to open for tours and tastings
(October 1) - Jenny Lewis didn’t just decide to jump on the craft beer bandwagon on a whim. Lewis and her Strike Brewing Co. business partner, Drew Ehrlich, have been busy honing their brews, brokering retail distribution deals and raising more than $1 million in capital for a San Jose brewery and taproom since 2011. Complete Story
Braxton Brewing's Kickstarter campaign launches
(October 1) - Braxton Brewing Co., coming soon to Covington's Seventh Street, launched its Kickstarter campaign Tuesday. Dubbed "Braxton Builders," the campaign aims to raise $30,000 toward technology for the brewery's taproom, which the founders -- brothers Evan and Jake Rouse; their father, Greg Rouse; and renowned brewmaster Richard Dube, formerly of Christian Moerlein -- are calling the "taproom of the future." Complete Story
Hop To: 11 Top Breweries for Your Worldwide Boozy Bucket List
(October 1) - "Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health." Wise words from former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and three perfectly good reasons to drink beer. We're wondering: Did he ever make it to Oktoberfest? Complete Story  

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